80 Genius Beauty Hacks That'll Change Your Life

The biggest-ever list of must-know tips and tricks.

The biggest-ever list of must-know tips and tricks.

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Use Green and Orange Concealer to Balance Out Undertones

It's all about complementary colors—or using total opposite shades. If you have a red pimple, use a green concealer tone down the redness. For example, moisturize your skin first and use a green and orange concealer palette to correct an uneven skin tone. Then apply foundation and concealer in your color all over in a patting motion. Finish with your typical makeup routine.

To see the full story on this technique, click here.

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Apply Foundation at the *Center* of Your Face and Blend Out

If you apply a lot of foundation around your jawline or hairline, you'll look like you're wearing a mask. If you start at the center, the product will fade out around the edges for a more natural look.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Spritz Your Perfume in These Strategic Places to Make It Last All Day

When it comes to perfume, it's all about location—and we're not just talking about a spritz around the neck and on our clothes. But wait, your hair and behind your knees? Yeah—read all about whyhere.

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Apply Bronzer in a "3" Shape for a Quick Contour

Don't apply bronzer all over your face—apply it in the shape of a three over your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Use Translucent Powder to "Bake" Your Makeup

It's a six-step process: Hydrate your eye area, apply a thick concealer under your eyes, coat on more concealer, sprinkle on translucent powder, "bake" or "cook" your makeup, and dust it off. Boom, you're baked.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Zap Frizz with a Bonnet Dryer

A happy medium between the vintage and state-of-the-art salon hair dryers comes in the form of a bonnet-style attachment, like the one being used on Lady Gaga. It may look funny, but it produces the same, evenly-distributed heat. Plus, it's hands-free and portable. Perfect.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Work Those (Tri)angles

Draw a triangle shape under your eyes to brighten the entire eye area.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Contour with Just Blush

Like Pat McGrath says, working a pinky-peach shade into the browbones and temples "almost like a bronzer" warms up the complexion, thins out the face a bit, and suggests you've got the circulation of a red-capped Renaissance child.

Begin at the temples, curve up, and connect both sides in the middle of your forehead, keeping close to the edges as you continuously swirl and buff. (Check out this tutorial.) That outer shadow tricks the eye into reading it as a smaller space.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Master the Perfect Pimple Coverage

Layer foundation, concealer, and setting powder to ensure the blemish is completely covered and the product won't budge.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Fill Your Brows the Right Way

This can make you look like Groucho Marx's twin. The key to making your brows look darker but natural is not getting the formula you're using on your skin. If you have a bald spot you're trying to fill in, that's one thing, but if you're just trying to deepen your brow hair color, your best bet is a brow mascara that you can lightly swipe on for a more dramatic yet believable effect. Try L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Contour Below Your Cheekbones for a Diamond Face Shape

When it comes to highlighting, focus on the area under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone to brighten your eyes.Then do the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

Learn more here.

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Use Tiny Hair Strokes to Make Your Eyebrows Look Natural

Doing this too harshly can immediately make them look drawn on (aka fake). Instead, create shape by using tiny, hair-like strokes, regardless of whether you use a pencil, an angled brush topped with brow powder, or a brow mascara.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Contour the Sides of Your Forehead for a Heart Shape Face

Start along the sides of your forehead and temples to create balance between the wider upper half of your face and the more narrow lower half. Then work the area below your cheekbones beginning from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks and then the small area right below your chin to soften the point.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Layer Multiple Masks to Improve Your Skin

On the heels of clown contouring, and with masking hotter than ever, #multimasking is a perfect storm of the two. As the name suggests, it's essentially using different types of masks that are tailored to different parts of your face. The viral kicker? You do so all at once, and the results look like a cross between classic contouring and tribal war paint.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Use a Spoolie Brush to Blend Out the Product

This is one of the most important steps to creating natural-looking arches. An easy way to fill in your brows—which also gives your brow that sharp yet still soft beginning—is by drawing a line (at an angle) under your eyebrow at its start with a brow pencil, and then using a spoolie brush to diffuse it up into your brow. However, you have to remember to blend it entirely or else it will be noticeable.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Use Clear Mattifier for an Oily Complexion

Don't use loose powder to fight an oily complexion. Too much powder can make your makeup look cakey. Instead, use a clear mattifier. Apply it before or after your makeup, and watch the shine disappear.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Follow the Natural Shape of Your Brow

Unshaped brows don't frame your face as well as well-groomed brows could. Don't have time to see a brow expert? Simply follow the shape of your brow (where the most hair is) and tweeze any strays that fall outside of that shape for perfect arches.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Clown Contour for a Flawless Finish

YouTuber BellaDeLune has developed on a new way to "extreme color-correct, highlight, and contour" known as "clown contouring." In her video tutorial called "Clown Color Correct Highlight & Contour," the guru (real name is Esther Isabel Amado Romo) shows how dramatic clown-style makeup can be blended into a flawless face. By strategically placing color correctors, brighteners, and dark contours (and yes, even a "little poop emoji"), Romo achieves a beautiful final look.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Set Your Blush

Follow our lead:

1. Moisturize first

2. Use primer

3. Apply liquid foundation underneath

4. Layer your formulas

5. Finish your look with setting spray

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Use Your Finger to Do a 10-Second Smokey Eye

1...2...3...and you're done!

1. Quickly sweep eyeliner along your top and bottom lash lines. Don't be precise—the messier you are, the better.

2. Use your ring finger to smudge the liner up and out along your lid and lower lash line.

3. Follow with two thick coats of mascara: One applied with the wand held horizontally, as you usually would, and another with the wand held vertically.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.


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Contour Below Your Cheekbones for an Oval Face Shape

For these faces, you'll want to do the sides of your forehead just slightly to make your hairline appear a little more narrow. Next up is the area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Use a Blending Sponge in a Rolling Motion for Smooth Foundation

Raise your hand if you've ever thought to try this—no? Girl, do we have some things to teach you. Once you've completely cleansed your skin and moisturized (please don't tell us you skip these steps), apply foundation with a brush and *gently* blend the makeup with this special sponge. Here's why this technique is so important.

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Contour Your Décolletage Using Bronzed Based Makeup

Before you get started, hydrate the skin with a moisturizing body lotion. After it's prepped, brush on your bronzed base makeup (we love Chanel Soleil Tan Bronzing Makeup Base) in a V-shape around your cleavage. Then, push your shoulders forward and brush lines underneath and above the collarbone.

Place the pearlescent highlighter (try Nars The Multiple Luxor in Copacabana) below the V-shaped contour line and on the collarbones.

Blend the color and highlighter using a brush like the Artis Brush Oval 6 Brush ($48).

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Blot Oil with a Toilet Seat Cover

An oily T-zone can ruin a good photo. In a pinch, use a toilet seat cover to dab up the extra shine.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Separate Your Lashes for an Audrey Hepburn Look

Before you get pin-happy, curl your lashes as you normal would, if at all. Carillo used Shu Uemura's cult-favorite eyelash curler to amp things up before applying two coats of Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara. Next, separate your lashes with a pin. Start at the base near the waterline and pull the pin through to the top, separating each individual lash. This defines each lash, as well as helps distribute the dark mascara pigment more evenly. Once you complete the first eye, repeat on the next and proceed to your lower lid lashes if you'd like.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Use a Pencil to Find Your Natural Brow Tail

Overextending the tail of your brows can create a droopy effect, drawing your face down. Your eyebrows naturally stop at a place that lifts your face up and out, which is what you want to maintain.

To figure out where the tail of your brow needs to end, hold a brow pencil diagonally at your nostril and line it up with the side of your eye. Where the pencil hits your brow bone is where the end of your eyebrow should end (or can be extended to) without it looking unnatural.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Create Soft Undone Waves with Sugar Spray

Packed with curl-enhancing ingredients, like plankton and sea kelp extract, and ultra-moisturizing and conditioning sugar cane extract, sugar spray is as nourishing as it is texturizing for your thirsty strands. Plus, it leaves a glossy shine without any greasy residue. (Score.) Learn exactly how to use this producthere.

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Test Foundation on Your Neck, Not Your Face

The skin on your face, due to increased sun exposure or breakouts, isn't the same color as the rest of your body. So, if you match your foundation to your cheek, you might end up with a shade that doesn't match your neck and chest and doesn't look natural. Instead, swipe three shades of foundation right below your jawline, blend them in, and whichever shade disappears is the one you should choose.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Use Flick Motions to Evenly Distribute Your Brow Product

Whatever you do, don't fill in your brows with one single swoop of any product, whether it's a pencil, powder, or brow wax. Instead, you want to mimic the tiny hairs that make up your brows by using small, flicking motions to apply the pencil (or angled brush dipped in brow powder) in the direction your hair is growing.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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Apply Foundation Before Concealer

Otherwise, you'll just end up removing it as you apply your base. If you apply foundation before concealer, you won't have to use as much concealer.

To see a full article on this technique, click here.

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